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What Kind of Man Wears a Bow Tie?

Updated on April 11, 2013

I do recall seeing some men wearing a bow tie instead of the tie, but, it is vague memory and fading more each day. I recall wearing one once as kid when dressed up, it was a clip on. I thought I looked a sissy wearing a "bow tie". I don't think the bow tie ever was as popular as the tie when it comes to business attire.

So, what kind of man actually wears one?

Academic professionals or professors, Chippendale male dancers or strippers, actors for a role, gay men, old-timers. I think that is it. What other kind of man would wear one?

For most straight men, the bow tie is too feminine. Period. It looks stupid. The bow tie has a stereotype built into it for guys. Culture seems to state that "bows" are feminine and usually are shown with girls or women. Yes, it is a stereotype, but it seems to be that way. Bows are usually found on dresses, blouses etc. Except for the man's "bow tie", there is no other male attire that uses them.

Gay men seem to be attracted to the bow tie, using as some sort of fashion statement as identification between straight men. Many gay actors use it as such. There are those straight men who wear them to make them stand out from a "sea of ties" and it works. People do notice them. So maybe, tactic works.

Regardless, the bow tie is no longer as common as it was 60 years ago, if it was even popular then. It will remain an odd relic in the male attire.


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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      I love it when a guy wears a bow tie. To me they are "a cut above". They have confidence and are not afraid to be different. I feel a bow tie is more dressy than a tie.

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      Carl 5 years ago

      The gay kind.